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1,190 Ratings

Battle in Heaven

Batalla en el cielo

Directed by Carlos Reygadas
Mexico, France, 2005


A big-city crime becomes an unforgivable one: Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby, the baby then dies. Seeking redemption, Marcos confesses the crime to Ana, his boss’ young daughter and a prostitute in an upmarket brothel. One crime leads to another, and Marcos’ path leads him on a pilgrimage.

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Battle in Heaven Directed by Carlos Reygadas
The fact that it all may seem implausible or even unbelievable is why some people dismiss it, but the fact that Reygadas puts it all on-screen and holds my interest is good enough for me. Although I can’t quite figure out everything that happens here, even with the assistance of the helpful interview, Reygadas’ respect for all his characters kept the proceedings afloat and meanwhile kept me entranced.
December 19, 2014
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Battle in Heaven, as ambitious as its title, is a living mystery, already notorious for hardcore-osity but so serious about its formal intelligence and so deep-dish in its evocations of inexpressible desolation, personal and social, that it occupies your skull like a siege of Huns.
February 07, 2006
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Reygadas has a gift for weighty parallelism and Battle in Heavennot only comes with one but two sets of bookends: a pair of blowjobs. Early on, the Mexican flag is hoisted into the air; later, when Marco’s fate has been sealed, the flag goes flaccid.
November 22, 2005
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